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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Springvale Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Fentanyl Trafficking

PORTLAND, Maine: A Springvale man was sentenced in federal court today for fentanyl trafficking, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby sentenced Richard Martin, 41, to 12 years in prison and four years of supervised release. Martin pleaded guilty in July 2021.

According to court records, in May 2020, Martin was engaged in fentanyl trafficking. On May 25, he was robbed of a substantial quantity of fentanyl that he intended to distribute to others. Following the robbery, Martin sent numerous Facebook messages acknowledging the robbery and threatening violence to the suspected perpetrators. Law enforcement recovered a portion of the stolen fentanyl on May 31, 2020.

The FBI and the Rumford and Buxton police departments investigated the case with assistance from the York and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Offices, the Maine State Police, and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
David B. Joyce Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated January 13, 2022